Thursday, June 26, 2008

Six Weeks Post Op

I know it's been awhile since I posted but believe me I have been sooooo busy. Anyway, pain wise I'm doing o.k. could be better, my joints still bother me terribly. I saw my surgeon last Wednesday and he ended up giving me a steroid injection directly into the tm joint inside my mouth. Yes it did hurt for the rest of the day, but the next day and two days after the joint pain was at a minimum. It was the best it has felt in 9 years. Then on June 25th I saw my orthodontist and he put elastics on to help pull my bite together and now my joints are back to aching again and my teeth feel like they're being pulled out of my gums. I take 2 tylenol and 3 advil every 4 hours and it doesn't help much. So, yesterday the surgeon prescribed diazepam to take before bed he said it would relax the muscles in my jaw (I am unable to sleep through the pain and wake up a lot) and I was so happy that I was able to sleep for six hours last night. I still have nerve pain and some numb spots but nothing really significant anymore. The itching still comes back every once in awhile but nowhere near what it was. I have lost 20 pounds so far and have been on a soft chew diet for 2 weeks now. It does hurt to eat still so I really don't eat much. As far as swelling goes I still wake up in the morning with swelling and it goes down a little during the day, but overall the swelling is a lot better than it was. The bones in my face are still a little achy but I think it's normal post surgery pain. Most of the swelling is around my joints now which is mostly where the pain is. But, hopefully when I get used to the elastics it won't hurt so much. I have been going to physical therapy now for 2 weeks and do my exercises everyday. I have an appointment tomorrow. They do ultrasound, massage and heat. I love the heat it feels sooo good; come to think of it so does the massage. But, through it all I keep as busy as possible so I try not to dwell on the pain too much. I only do that here, lol. I have days when I regret having the surgery very much, but for the most part I'm glad I did it. My surgeon did say the pain could last for 3-4 months in my joints. No pain no gain right? Just to let the people know who sing; I started singing again about 1 week ago. I think it is good exercise for my jaw if I don't overdo it. Of course I can't do it for as long as I used to and I can't sing certain songs but I'll get there. I don't know how much I am opening but 2 weeks ago I measured at 15mm. I am able to use an adult toothbrush and can floss now so I think it must be more than that now. The inside of my mouth is still really swollen and sore; I'm not sure if that's normal or not it must be though. That's pretty much it for now. I will post a picture soon.

9 comments:

Stephanie said...
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Stephanie said...

Heather, glad to hear from you! It sounds like you've been busy, just be careful not to wear yourself out. I'm glad things sound to be better, but still some pain. Wishing you well and hoping that pain in your TMJ goes away.

Shontelly said...

20 lbs! Holy..
I was wondering where you were lady. Good to hear from ya again. Sorry to hear about the pain, though. I didn't get heat and massages!! You certainly need it more than I did. =D

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Kiwikaren said...

Great to catch up with you Heather.

Wow ... sounds like you've had some major joint discomfort. Hope it improves soon, as it sounds nasty.

Here's to you feeling loads better very soon!

Katherine said...

Tell me your blog DIDN"T just get spammed....Grrrr, nervy buggers.

Anyhow, sure good to hear from you again, even just to know you're still fighting. Somehow, I imagine it doesn't help much knowing the Doc warned of joint pain for a while after surgery. It's just hard to deal with, period. I hope something gives for you soon, Heather.

Hope you're not so busy the summer passes you by, but that it goes fast enough you start to feel improvement on a regular basis. Me thinks a pleasant surprise somewhere along the way would be a nice change of pace for you, No?

Take care, and will be thinking of you lots *hug* :)

Shontelly said...

How have you been Heather? Haven't seen a post from you in a while. Just wondering.. Hope ALL is well!

Katherine said...

Okay, I'm hoping it's just the 'Mom' in me that makes me worry about everything, but Girl, WHERE ARE YOU ?!?!

Deep breath...I'll go with the 'no news is good news' theory in the meantime.

Think about you quite a bit, actually, and hope things have settled into blissful nothingness (especpaecially pain wise) with the stuggles you've been up against.

Are the fish biting :)

( katebrinkman at sympatico dot ca )

Grace said...

how're you holding up? hang in there!